Warmer days are making a comeback in the Twin Cities, which means now is an excellent time to start tackling some of your exterior projects. But before you start digging out your tools and puttering around the yard, make sure you give your roof a thorough inspection.
Our harsh Minnesota winters can wreak havoc on aging roofs, and if yours suffered any damage, you won’t know it’s there unless you take the time to look for it. What exactly should you be looking for?
Below, the contractors at Keyprime Roofing share what you need to do to prepare your roof for spring.
Inspect and Clean Your Gutters and Downspouts
If you forgot to clean your gutters at the end of autumn, there’ll be plenty of leaves, sticks, and other outdoor debris that you’ll need to scoop out of the troughs. Even if you performed a thorough cleaning before winter hit, you should still give your gutters a once-over during spring to make sure they’re ready to handle rainy season.
When the weather allows, grab a ladder and a bucket and get to work. Here’s what you’ll need to do:
● Clean out debris. Scoop out all debris from within each gutter trough and toss it in your bucket. Don’t forget to peek inside downspout openings and remove any debris there too.
● Inspect for problems. While you’re cleaning, inspect each gutter for signs of damage or deterioration. Look for minor cracks, deteriorating seals, holes, and sagging areas.
● Flush the gutters. After you’ve removed all debris, grab a garden hose and flush each gutter and downspout with water. If you notice water backing up anywhere, there’s probably a clog in one of your downspouts. Once you find it, you can usually flush it out with a sprayer attachment.
● Check for leaks. While you’re flushing the gutters, watch for leaks. They usually occur near joints and seams, so keep a close eye on those areas.
● Adjust downspouts. Watch where the water flows out of your downspouts. If it’s collecting near your foundation, you’ll need to reposition the downspouts so the water disperses at least four feet away. You may need to have extensions installed if the downspouts aren’t long enough.
If you notice any cracks, leaks, holes, or other signs of deterioration during your gutter inspection, take care of those issues promptly. Schedule an appointment with a gutter contractor who can take a look at your equipment and determine whether repair or replacement is the best course of action.
Maintaining intact, fully functional gutters and downspouts is one of the simplest and most effective things you can do to protect your property from water damage. If you don’t yet have gutters on your home, spring is an excellent time to schedule gutter and downspout installation.
Thoroughly Examine Your Roof for Leaks
When you have an older roof, winter weather can really do a number on it. If you noticed large icicles hanging off your eaves or you dealt with full-blown ice dams, your roof may have developed water damage throughout winter. But this type of damage often happens slowly, so if you don’t specifically look for it, you may not know it’s there.
To make sure your roof is ready to handle rainy season, it’s important to inspect for minor leaks and other potential problems as soon as the weather allows. Here’s what you’ll need to do:
● Inspect the attic for signs of water intrusion. Look for stains, mold, mildew, or dark marks on the roof sheathing and rafters, as well as any other wood components. Keep an eye out for lingering moisture on all surfaces too.
● Inspect the insulation. Keep an eye out for wet or slightly damp insulation and signs of mold and mildew. Water-damaged insulation is typically easier to detect than signs of water damage on wood.
● Examine shingles. Inspect the surface of your roof for signs of deterioration such as missing shingle granules, lifted or curling shingles, cracks, or flashing damage.
If you notice any signs of moisture, organic growths, staining, or insulation deterioration in your attic, chances are high that your roof has a leak. Schedule an inspection with a roofing contractor (Keyprime is an excellent choice!) who can locate the leak and perform the necessary repairs. If you’re hoping to prevent further water damage, get this done before rainy season arrives.
If you can see deterioration or damage on the surface of your roof but can’t find any issues in the attic, that necessarily doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. When minor leaks are present, any moisture they allow inside the attic can evaporate quickly, so it may not leave behind any evidence.
Schedule an Inspection With a Roofing Contractor
Regardless of the type of damage you find, contact a licensed roofing contractor to schedule a professional inspection. Any surface damage you find will need to be repaired anyway, so you might as well have an expert examine your attic at the same time.
If your roof is nearing the end of its recommended lifespan, it may be time to consider roof replacement. During your inspection, your roofing contractor can let you know whether repairs or replacement is the most cost-effective option.
If you’re planning a total roof overhaul, spring is a great time to schedule it. Roofing companies tend to be booked out through summer and fall, so the earlier you schedule the job, the better.
Need to Hire a Home Exterior Contractor in Minneapolis?
Whether your Twin Cities roof needs a few repairs after winter or you’re planning a complete roof replacement, get in touch with our team at Keyprime Roofing! We specialize in repairing and installing asphalt, cedar, and metal roofs, as well as a wide variety of other exterior contracting services.
To get started or discuss your project, call our Golden Valley, MN office today at 952-426-0132 or request a free quote here. Feel free to message us with any questions or concerns, and we’ll be in touch!